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The Fitness Zone

The Obesity Movement
June 6, 2016

The obesity epidemic in Australia is a continuous battle, but it is a battle that as a nation we are loosing. With the evolution of technology we are now, more than ever as a nation, less active and it is having significant consequences.

At the Australian Institute of Fitness, we train Warriors against SeDs (Sedentary Death Syndrome), the chronic disease that comes from physical inactivity and creates an increased risk towards multiple diseases that can even lead to premature death.

It is becoming more apparent that we need to re strategize our attack in this digital age. As technology continues to revolutionise how we work, communicate and socialise, it IS important that the next generations grow up and develop an understanding of these resources to ensure they don’t get left behind, however there needs to be a happy medium.

More and more studies show the correlation between exercise in adolescence and obesity, so embedding good exercise and healthy habits from a young age will give our next generation a greater chance to beat obesity. In Michelle Bridge’s recent article she shares, “We have one in four children who are overweight or obese,  two out of three adults who are [too], and, for the first time in history, we’re seeing children who have a shorter life expectancy than their parents.” So how do we motivate our children to be more active?

Getting kids involved in competitive or social sports is an engaging way to motivate and encourage exercise in a fun way. Chances are that if you can get your children interested in sport and fitness from an early age they will take these interests far into adulthood and continue to live long and healthy lives. Furthermore, childhood and adolescence are prime time for bone growth, so exercise will aid bone health into adulthood.

It is not only children that need to adapt, but adults even more so. As adults we set the benchmark and are role models for what the ‘norm’ is around exercise and living a healthy lifestyle. In addition, the statistics around adults and obesity continue to illustrate that we, as a nation are not taking action. As young adults enter the workforce, it is too easy fall into the sedentary trap, with the average Australian adult spending 41 hours per week doing a sedentary activity such as, sitting at a desk at work, using a computer/ mobile device or watching T.V, we need to make a change.

One trend in the industry that is having an impact, is the topic of ‘mindfulness,’ and the realisation that we need to have our minds in the game to enable us to make a change. Creating a great headspace is one of the biggest challenges, but once it is achieved the advice and training you receive from your Personal Trainer and Nutrition Coach can go alot further and WILL help to achieve your goals.

If you or your clients are looking to make your first step towards a healthier lifestyle, but have failed in the past, focus on your/ their WHY first, WHY you want to make a change. Once you have the WHY, use it as your fuel and your purpose to action your health goals and start to make that change!

This content is not intended to be used as individual health or fitness advice divorced from that imparted by medical, health or fitness professionals. Medical clearance should always be sought before commencing an exercise regime. The Institute and the authors do no take any responsibility for accident or injury caused as a result of this information.

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